wPolityce is a Polish news portal that covers topics such as politics, economy, culture, history, and international affairs. It is affiliated with the weekly magazine wSieci and the television channel wPolsce. It is known for its conservative and pro-government stance, as well as its critical views of the opposition and the European Union.
History and Profile
wPolityce was launched in 2010 by Fratria, a media company owned by the journalist Jacek Karnowski and his brothers. The portal was initially a blog platform that hosted various conservative commentators and public figures. In 2012, it became a full-fledged news portal with its own editorial staff and reporters. It also started to cooperate with the weekly magazine wSieci, which was founded by Karnowski and other journalists who left the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza.
wPolityce is one of the most popular news portals in Poland, with over 10 million unique users per month. It is also one of the most influential media outlets in the country, especially among the supporters of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party. The portal often features interviews with PiS politicians and experts, as well as exclusive reports and investigations that expose the alleged corruption and scandals of the opposition and the previous governments.
wPolityce has a clear conservative and patriotic orientation, which is reflected in its slogan: “Codziennie ważne informacje ze świata polityki” (“Every day important information from the world of politics”). The portal defends the values of the Catholic Church, the Polish family, the national sovereignty, and the historical memory. It also criticizes the policies of the European Union, especially on migration, climate change, and rule of law. It supports the reforms and initiatives of the PiS government, such as the judicial overhaul, the social welfare programs, and the anti-communist legislation.
Controversies and Criticism
wPolityce has been involved in several controversies and lawsuits over its journalistic practices and opinions. Some of the most notable cases are:
- In 2015, wPolityce published a series of articles that accused former president Bronisław Komorowski of collaborating with the communist secret services in the 1980s. Komorowski sued the portal for defamation and won the case in 2017. The court ordered wPolityce to apologize and pay 30,000 zlotys (about 7,000 euros) in damages.
- In 2016, wPolityce published an article that claimed that former prime minister Donald Tusk was responsible for the death of president Lech Kaczyński in the 2010 Smolensk plane crash. The article was based on an anonymous letter that was later proven to be a hoax. Tusk sued the portal for defamation and won the case in 2018. The court ordered wPolityce to apologize and pay 20,000 zlotys (about 4,600 euros) in damages.
- In 2017, wPolityce published an article that accused former interior minister Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz of being involved in a plot to assassinate president Andrzej Duda. The article was based on an anonymous source that claimed to have access to classified documents. Sienkiewicz sued the portal for defamation and won the case in 2019. The court ordered wPolityce to apologize and pay 50,000 zlotys (about 11,500 euros) in damages.
wPolityce has also been criticized by other media outlets and organizations for its biased and sensationalist reporting, as well as its lack of fact-checking and verification. For example, in 2018, wPolityce was ranked as one of the least reliable news sources in Poland by NewsGuard, a US-based company that evaluates online media credibility. In 2019, wPolityce was accused of spreading fake news and propaganda by Reporters Without Borders, a France-based NGO that advocates for press freedom.
wPolityce is a conservative news portal that provides information and commentary on various topics related to Poland and the world. It is popular among PiS supporters and conservative voters, but it is also controversial and criticized by its opponents and critics. It is one of the most influential media outlets in Poland’s political landscape.